For the second time in a little more than a week, a young child allegedly has been murdered in a New York City homeless shelter.
Latoya Curry, a resident of the Briarwood Family Residence at 80-20 134 St., was arraigned Saturday on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child after her 4-year-old daughter, Linayjah Meraldo, died in her sleep on Thursday, a day after she was allegedly brutally beaten by her mother.
Public and private schools across the city and state could be getting updated technology into the classroom, if a $2 billion bond referendum is approved by voters during the Nov. 4 midterm election.
The referendum, formally known as the Smart Schools Bond Act, is proposed to place advanced technology and high-speed internet connectivity in classrooms across the state, according to the ballot language.
Douglas Avenue in Jamaica is not featured in glossy real estate ads or in the tours or literature offered by the Queens Borough President’s Office or the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.
The seven-block street, heading east between 168th and 175th streets, is uneven and seemingly is barely paved.
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new set of policies for quarantining travelers coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport who may have had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, two days after his original policy reportedly came under fire from healthcare groups and senior White House officials.
Travelers whose flights originate from Sierra Leone, Libera or Guinea, the countries where the Ebola epidemic has been widespread, will be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to see if the person has had any direct contact with an Ebola patient.
After a four-year study, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association last Friday gave the New York City Sanitation Department an “F” for failing to keep its promise of taking down illegal signs throughout Woodhaven.
“Illegal signs are an eyesore that disadvantage law-abiding businesses, distract drivers and pedestrians, signal that the rule of law is being ignored, and are sometimes used by scammers,” said WRBA Director of Communications Alexander Blenkinsopp. “Our study shows that when Sanitation says an illegal posting has been addressed, there’s a better than 50 percent chance it’s not true. That performance deserves a failing grade.”
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.
At Martin Van Buren High School, most of the headlines in the last year or so have been about the new B-Tech high school and its innovative take on computer science education.
But Community Board 13 found out Monday night that at Van Buren, Sam Sochet can boast of his own students as well as any principal in the city.
Keeping up a tradition that dates back to when they hired Casey Stengel as their first manager roughly 53 years ago, the Mets have once again picked up another Yankees discard, signing Kevin Long to be their next hitting coach after he was dismissed by the Bombers from that very same position two weeks ago.
This doesn’t mean the Mets are making a mistake. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who made the decision to part ways with Long, basically admitted that he is a fine hitting coach but someone has to be a sacrificial lamb for the Yankees’ missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, has some advice for anyone looking at the polls showing him far behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Cuomo: Don’t believe them.
“This race is going to be a lot closer than people think,” Astorino said.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
In the span of just two days last week, the Queens Library Board of Trustees has taken further shape.
One day after Mayor de Blasio’s naming of Forest Hills resident and litigation attorney James Haddad to the board of trustees — the mayor’s third appointee since he and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz expunged eight board members in July — Katz selected Lenore Gall, who most recently served as dean of students and academic services at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.
York College last week honored its longest-serving president and a tireless advocate for the CUNY educational system with its naming and dedication of the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center.
Bassin served as president of York from 1971 until his retirement in 1991. He died in 2012 at the age of 88.
They were several months in the making, but City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) says the six reform bills he just laid on the table are worth the wait and crucial to the Queens Library’s future as it recovers from the controversy over its governance and finances.
The scandal already had led Van Bramer, who is the majority leader and chairman of the main library oversight committee, to hold hearings on the issues, even as it also prompted an audit, state legislation tightening oversight of the system, a purge of the Board of Trustees, removal of the institution’s leader and a joint city-federal probe into any possible criminality.
I have been saying for quite some time that it’s easy for anyone to stand up on a soapbox and rip apart groups tied to the Sandy recovery process, yell and scream that not enough has been done and call on the respective parties to speed up their work. While these are important sentiments, actions always speaks louder than words. The harder thing to do, in my eyes, is roll up your sleeves and solve the problem.
As we approach two years after the superstorm, recovery has made slow and steady progress. We all know on Oct. 30, 2012, my district was decimated and devastated. Now in October 2014, while some have fully recovered, others wait for reimbursement and even still others wait to reconstruct the homes they lost.
After more than a year of setbacks and financial woes, the Department of Transportation, Alta Bicycle Share and Citi announced what residents in Western Queens have been waiting years for — the Citi Bike program is being expanded into Uptown Manhattan and Brooklyn and being brought to Queens for the first time.
For the second time in a little more than a week, a young child was murdered in a New York City homeless shelter.
Latoya Curry, a resident of the Briarwood Family Residence at 80-20 134 St., was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child on Saturday after her 4-year-old daughter, Linayjah Merlado, died on Friday, a day after she was allegedly brutally beaten by her mother.
On March 14, 1925, the City of New York began construction on the Eighth Avenue Subway line. Upon its completion it was to be leased to private operators.
In Queens County, the end of the Eighth Avenue line was to be 169th Street in Jamaica. It took until 1931 for the work to finally reach that last stop. A transit worker can be seen in this photograph directing traffic to keep anyone from going into the deep shaft in the center of the road.
Jets general manager John Idzik must have felt the pressure of having a 1-6 team combined with the fact that he was doing business on the cheap by keeping the player personnel payroll a whopping $20 million below the NFL salary cap. Idzik used some of that payroll reserve to acquire talented wide receiver Percy Harvin from his old employer, the Seattle Seahawks, for what appears to be a bargain price: namely the mysterious conditional draft pick.
The defending Super Bowl champions have a surplus of talent, particularly at the wide receiver position. It would be nice to think that they were being altruistic by helping out Idzik and giving Harvin a chance to get more work instead of languishing on the Seahawks bench. The reality is that Harvin will never win an award from the NFL for congeniality as he has been known to get into altercations with teammates. In addition, he is injury-prone. However, Idzik obviously concurs with that old childhood axiom that beggars can’t be choosers.
Back when they were founding the country, the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams raised and downed many tankards of cider, the historic beverage that fueled the colonies and nation for 200-plus years.
But gradually, cider lost its zing and was replaced by beer, as waves of German immigrants brought their taste for it to America in the late 19th century.
Queens elected officials and Planned Parenthood New York City representatives celebrate the new Long Island City facility’s ground breaking.
Plaza College and the Forest Hills office of Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) will soon have two more reputable neighbors planting their flags a few floors away.
The New York City Board of Elections and Regus, an office suite provider with more than 2,000 locations in 100 countries, have signed leases totaling nearly 50,000 square feet with Muss Development and will soon be moving the real estate firm’s Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, according to Regus’ website and published reports.
Facing an audience of about a dozen supporters at the Northeast Queens Republican Club in the Clearview Golf Course on Oct. 15, Phil Gim, the party’s candidate running against incumbent Democrat Ron Kim in the 40th Assembly District, wasted little time before ripping apart the city’s education system, one of the two major issues on which his platform is based.
“We need to raise the under-performing schools to a level playing field,” Gim said. “But that’s a long-term process. Politicians have four years. That’s not going to be done in four years. They can’t wait that long, so they cover up.”